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Workplace Fatality Statistics

Provisional annual figures for work-related fatal injuries for 2017/18 have been published by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). 

The figures reveal that 144 workers were fatally injured between April 2017 and March 2018 (a rate of 0.45 per 100,000 workers).

The new figures also show how fatal injuries are spread across the different industrial sectors:

  • 38 fatal injuries to construction workers were recorded, accounting for the largest share of any industry. The annual average rate over the last five years in construction is around four times as high as the all industry rate.
  • 29 fatal injuries to agricultural workers were recorded. This sector continues to account for a large share of the annual fatality count. It has the highest rate of fatal injury of all the main industry sectors, around 18 times as high as the all industry rate.
  • 12 fatal injuries to waste and recycling workers were recorded. Despite being a relatively small sector in terms of employment, the annual average fatal injury rate over the last five years is around 16 times as high as the all industry rate.
  • 15 fatal injuries were recorded in both the manufacturing and the transport and storage sectors. Both industries have an annual average rate of fatal injury around 1.5 – two times the rate across all industries over the last five years.
  • The three most common causes of fatal injuries continue to be due to; workers falling from height (35), being struck by a moving vehicle (26) and being struck by a moving object (23), accounting for nearly 60% of fatal injuries in 2017/18.

Contact our Accident at Work Claim Solicitors in Glasgow, Scotland

At Miller Samuel Hill Brown our solicitors are experts in managing our personal injury claims. If you have suffered a workplace injury in the last three years as a result of negligence or through an accident that was not your fault, contact our expert personal injury solicitors today on 0141 413 9526 or complete our online enquiry form.

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